Another gem of a day organised by Carmarthen Tourism Association on walks for everyone in Carmarthenshire. The day was led by Matt from Hawk Adventures . We have recommended Hawk to our guests who have come back with extremely positive feedback on their time / adventure with them. Anyway Matt suggested that we try to asses the ability and objectives of what our guests want to get out of their walk. You want them to enjoy the day so heading out in flip flops for a hike in Brecon is not going to work. Having a look at the weather report is also a good idea. Working on the theory there is no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing! A windy day is one for the forest, not the coastal path and muddy countryside walks need wellies or boots.
The first walk was more of a potter along the bank of the Towy, Discover Carmarthenshire has an excellent guide you can download. It was great to take in the river at a slow pace. I had only ever driven past before so a chance to really take in the view and understand the history of when Carmarthen had been a thriving port was a real treat.
Next we went on to Brechfa and the forest at Abergorlech. Another one on my list of places I wanted to visit when I have some ‘spare time’. There are 3 waymarked paths with 3 trails so guests can choose how long they want to walk for. The paths are very easy to follow and well surfaced. A great spot and plenty to do for all abilities in Brechfa Forest
We chose the shortest route just to get a feel for the kind of experience of walking in the forest is like. After this we retired to the wonderful Forest Arms for a warm up and delicious lunch. During lunch we talked about some of the other walks available around Llandeilo with a range available at Dynefwr
Our third stop was Tair Carn Isaf to take in some of the walk to Carreg Cennen Castle. In that it was February and we recently had an awful lot of rain, it was not surprising that it was a tad on the muddy side. I would suggest that boots are absolute necessary here at this time of year. We did just a small section of the Carreg Cennen circular walk from the road to the source of the Loughor. To do the whole circular walk it will take about half a day depending on your pace and how much you stop to take in the views. There is some very interesting geology and plenty of wildlife to see. An added bonus to this walk is that you can stop at the castle and see the fascinating caves. You can hire a large torch which I would recommend as the light from your mobile just isn’t enough. I know this from experience as on my first visit I missed why you would want to hire a torch and then was dissapointed at not being able to see the caves properly. At the ticket office there is also a cafe should you feel the need to stock up on tea and cake, and quite frankly who wouldn’t!
The final leg of our whistle stop tour was to the Black Mountain Quarry on the main road over the Black Mountain. We moved from green to white as it was snowing up there and made the landscape look absolutely magical. We encountered locals walking there dogs, so not the only ones enjoying the unusual weather. There are many walks that can be taken here from the short walks to the 8 day route of the Brecon Way and lots in between.
These are just a sample of some of the excellent range of walks available in Carmarthenshire that can be enjoyed by our guests at both Pen Y Garn Cottage and 94 High Street. If this has wetted your appetite here are some more ideas. Discover Carmarthenshire is a great resource and has some short videos giving a taster.
If urban walks are more your thing then look at these from Carmarthen Council. We love to watch BBC’s Weatherman Walking which is cheating a bit and we really need to get out and actually do some of these interesting walks instead of just watching them on the telly. Of course being in Carmarthen we can’t forget the beautiful coast. With the opening of the coastal path network there are coastal walks both long and short.
If the thought of this is just too exhausting you can still take in the amazing views from the less energetic stance from the seat of your car via the Twi Valley Trails or of course by bike.